NBA Value Bin: Kosta-ing Along

I’m baaaack! Well, I was only away for a week, but it was for a very special occasion: the birth of my daughter!

And how big of a basketball fan am I? Well, we named her “Monroe” partly due to my love for the New York Knicks and the legendary Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. She was born on the 15th, just like the number (15) he wore while with the Knicks.

It has been an eventful week, but I’m glad be getting back to the fantasy sports scene and helping you with your top value plays in daily fantasy basketball.

Wednesday’s slate is nearly full as the NBA gets in one big night of games before the Thanksgiving holiday, so you’ll have plenty of solid players to choose from.

Kosta Koufos, Kings ($8,000)

DeMarcus Cousins just can’t seem to stay healthy this year, and he’s been deemed “doubtful” for the Kings road tilt in Milwaukee Wednesday night. Earlier this month he dealt with Achilles soreness and now it’s back stiffness that will keep him sidelined.

Cousins’ backup, Kosta Koufos, has performed quite well when the Kings superstar has been in street clothes. In those four games, Koufos tallied 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks, en route to averaging 24.7 fantasy points. The Bucks are the fourth-worst team against opposing frontcourts, making Koufos a solid value play for tonight’s slate.

Shane Larkin, Nets ($6,300)

Vegas has the Thunder as 12.5-point favorites over the Nets tonight, which means there will likely be a lot of garbage time to be had in this game. Larkin is the backup point guard behind Jarrett Jack and should benefit if this game turns into a blowout.

The former Miami Hurricane and son of Cincinnati Reds’ great Barry Larkin has had a disappointing career thus far, but he has shown signs of hope in recent days. Over his last seven games, the third-year guard is averaging 20.1 fantasy points on the strength of 8.9 points, 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers. OKC hasn’t defended point guards well this year either, coming in as the 20th-best team against the position.

Luis Scola, Raptors ($9,200)

Jonas Valanciunas suffered a fractured hand last Friday and that has opened the door for Luis Scola to receive more playing time.

The 35-year-old Scola made the best of that opportunity in the Raps’ first game sans Valanciunas, scoring 20 points with eight boards and racking up 31 fantasy points in the process. His 31 minutes were a season high, and DFS players can expect something similar when Toronto takes on Cleveland tonight.

The Cavs lost their own center to an injury too, and without Timofey Mozgov they lack an inside defensive presence. Neither Kevin Love nor Tristan Thompson are known for their defensive prowess and Scola should be able to take advantage of that.

Scola isn’t going to bring big blocks, steals or assists to the table, but he should be able to provide double-digit points and rebounds and that will likely be good enough for him to achieve value.

Seth Klein

Seth is a DFS writer at FantasyDraft, as well as a writer for TheFantasyFix and Razzball. You can find his player rankings at FantasyPros. Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Seth is a lifelong New York sports fan. Seth has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him on Twitter at @SethDaSportsMan.

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